CLEMSON – Another game, another win.
Clemson upped their winning streak to 8 straight wins, following a 8-2 victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in front of 5,174 fans Friday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Tigers jumped on the board early in the first inning when Garrett Boulware homered to left center field. It was Boulware’s seventh homer of the season, and his second in as many games.
In the bottom of the second, Steven Duggar led off with a triple to right field. After an fly out by Jon McGibbon, Joe Costigan smacked an RBI triple to right field, and scored on a throwing error to put Clemson up 3-0.
Wake Forest got a run in the top of the fifth off a Conor Keniry RBI single to left field, scoring Evan Stephens from second base. The Deacons looked to do further damage, but Daniel Gossett was able to strike out Pat Blair to leave Keniry stranded on second base.
Clemson continued their scoring onslaught in the fifth when Steve Wilkerson tripled to deep left field, scoring Shane Kennedy from first.
Wake Forest, refusing to go away, loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth with two outs. Joey Rodriguez then scored on a wild pitch from Gossett, cutting into Clemson’s lead 5-2.
Clemson did more damage in the sixth when Brittle hit an RBI single to right field, scoring Tyler Krieger from third and moving Tyler Slaton to third. Slaton then scored on a balk from Wake Forest pitcher Niko Spezial.
Continuing the scoring effort, Steven Duggar hit a sacrifice fly to center field scoring Thomas Brittle from third to put Clemson up 8-2.
Clemson looked to add another insurance run in the eighth. The Tigers connected beautifully on a hit-and-run as Kevin Bradley laced a single down the right field line, with Steve Wilkerson advancing all the way from first to third. Tyler Krieger then grounded out to the pitcher to end Clemson’s threat.
Patrick Andrews entered in the game to close it out for the Tigers, and he retired all six batters he faced to preserve the win for Clemson.
Clemson now turns their attention to Game 2 of this series. First pitch of that game is set for 6:30 P.M. at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
NOTES: Clemson has had nine or more hits in every game of their current eight game winning streak. The last time Clemson had three triples in a game was April 8, 2011 against Maryland. While we were doing our postgame interview with Joe Costigan, someone on the team hit him with a shaving cream pie to the face. The whole team got a laugh, and even Costigan was laughing about it. It’s really good to see this team having so much fun during this winning streak. After all, they do say the fun comes in the winning